All Those Brain Exercises for Your Kids Are a Big Waste of Time

by Emma Blakey

There has been a big increase recently in the number of computerized “brain training” programs marketed at young children. These programs make impressive claims—that they can help children learn better, that they improve children’s focus and memory, and that they can help children succeed in ... Read & React

Bad Management Advice You Should Run Away From

by Dan McCarthy

There’s a lot of advice out there on leadership and management—almost as much as you’ll find on dating, careers and how to raise your kids. Actually, most of it is pretty good, or at least not bad. I rarely come across an article in my daily SmartBrief on Leadership newsletter and say to myself ... Read & React

Against Consensus

A disagreement can be good for the political system.
by Crispin Sartwell

One annoying effect of extreme political polarization is that people on different sides can't agree about facts. Americans' opinions tend to coincide with those of others on their own end of the political spectrum about things such as whether there was a cover-up about Benghazi, whether the IRS has ... Read & React

Why You Should Reset Your Brain and How to Do It

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

The most emailed article on The New York Times website today is an article called Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain. It’s by Daniel Levitin of McGill University and it explains the findings of research that he did with a colleague at Stanford. The big headline is that they’ve identified a part of ... Read & React

How to Keep Your Agency Out of the Headlines

"Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you must inspire your people and get them to inspire their people."—Lee Iacocca The Veteran Affairs Department is the latest federal agency to make headlines for abysmal performance. But Congress' ... Read & React

Why Names Are So Easy to Forget

Drawing a blank?
by Olga Khazan

Once, at a party, I was introduced to a friend of a friend. We shook hands, I told her my name, she told me hers. Then she did something that I was ever so grateful for. "Hang on," she said. "Can you say your name again? I wasn't really listening." She saved me from having to later—possibly even at ... Read & React

The 10 Secrets to Successful People's Calm

by Travis Bradberry

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm ... Read & React

What’s Really Happening On Your Watch?

The soap was stylish—perfectly round, the size of a golf ball, but without the little dimples that help it fly straight. This was a very stylish hotel, so you would expect that everything—bathroom included—would be stylish. The sink, for example, was shaped like a wok. Thus, when the soap landed in ... Read & React

To Work Better, Work Less

by Cody C. Delistraty

Between 1853 and 1870, Baron Haussmann ordered much of Paris to be destroyed. Slums were razed and converted to bourgeois neighborhoods, and the formerly labyrinthine city became a place of order, full of wide boulevards (think Saint-Germain) and angular avenues (the Champs-Élysées). Poor Parisians ... Read & React

Imagine If Thousands of Medical Researchers Could Have a Quick Conversation

by Dr. Francis Collins Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Today’s scientists find it tough to keep up with all of the latest journal articles, innovative methods, and interesting projects of colleagues in their fields. That’s understandable, because there are tens of thousands of journals, hundreds of conferences in major fields, dozens of emerging ... Read & React